Chris Cornell decides not to continue with the band he formed with the surviving members of the group...

CHRIS CORNELL has left the group he formed with the remaining members of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE.

The former [a][/a] singer entered the studio with the ex-RATMmembers following the departure of original vocalist Zack De la Rocha in October 2000.

The group, rumoured to have named themselves Civilian, recorded enough material for an album and announced their intention to appear on the US leg of Ozzfest this summer.

However, Cornell’s manager Jim Guerinot has told the US press the singer has decided not to continue with the group. The studio sessions will be released as an album sometime in 2002, although Ozzfest will not see an appearance from the band.

It is currently unclear what the remaining members of the group, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk will do now.